Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PlayStation 4)

Black Ops is back! Featuring gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever at launch and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one massive battle royale experience.

Pros:

  • Beautifully detailed graphics.
  • 52.9GB Download size.
  • Graphics filter on/off option.
  • Four modes- Specialist HQ, Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.
  • Specialist HQ- 10 operators each have their own little self-contained story that takes in a brief tutorial, A bot match then a rank given depending on the difficulty. There are 3 difficulties.
  • Uses DS4 speaker in all modes for various notifications.
  • Slick familiar gameplay and controls.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Multiplayer-
    • Core= Control, Heist, Free for all, Kill Confirmed, Search and destroy, Domination. Hardpoint and team deathmatch.
    • Hardcore= Free for all, Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination and search and destroy.
  • Zombies- Tutorials (optional), Four difficulties casual, normal, Hardcore and realistic. Classic mode with 3 stories, Rush mode with 3 stories, Public search with mode type filters including beginner. The laboratory is where you can use earned plasma ~(currency) and craft Talismans.
  • Blackout- Battle Royale mode that supports solos, Dups and Quads. Earn merits from kills and placements that unlock new character skins.
  • Profile- Set calling card and emblem but also show off a selection of guns and calling cards.
  • Theatre- Rewatch games, Bookmark files, Five theatre mode options- Basic, Director, Object link, Lighter and timeline editor. You can edit, Fast forward, Rewind, Clip and take photos.
  • Characters used in mp are all unique and have their own abilities and powers moves. Game modes can limit duplicate hero picks.
  • Cool level flyovers when waiting for the game to load.
  • Blackout pick up options- Hold or tap to pick items up.
  • You can eventually level up and customize load-outs including characters abilities.
  • Earn EXP and level in mp as usual and do the whole prestige thing.
  • Killcam available in all modes.
  • Upon death in Blackout, you can the spectate the person that killed you then the person that killed them and so on.
  • Guns handle and play differently in mp and Blackout.
  • Full bot support in mp and you can edit all aspects of the game mode like time limits, Maps, AI difficulty etc.
  • Splitscreen support and is even supported in Blackout mode.

Cons:

  • A lot of performance issues in split-screen. In the Blackout mode, it is not using the fullscreen in split screen.
  • Works the PlayStation 4 Pro very hard, Sounds like a Jet taking off.
  • They try with the specialist HQ to add story and a reason to care for the characters but it doesn’t do anything.
  • In Blackout it can take a few vital seconds to minutes to spawn the items on the ground to pick up.
  •  A lot of Halo jumpers. Personal beef but worth saying.
  • Controls are still a bit fiddly in Blackout especially looting and quickly attaching and detaching parts.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

I mean its Call of Duty, By now you usually know if you are a fan of the series or not. I loved it early doors but soon fatigued on it all and wall runs and jetpacks really turned me away from the series. Enter Black Ops 4 with a Battle Royale mode, Crazy but it all just clicked with me and instantly had me playing all aspects of the game including Zombies. Yes MP is still the same in so many ways and having characters with different abilities helps to mix it up but it is still just run around in circles and kill people. Zombies is a lot of fun especially the rush mode as it adds that extra layer. Blackout is a stand out for me. They managed to keep the fluidity and accessibility that a COD game gives you but still moves on by making it a true contender in a now saturated market. It is just a lot of fun to play and is constantly getting tweaked. Splitscreen support is welcome and it overall works well but does have a few performance issues and reading the small text can be a right pain in the eye. So there you have it, Black Ops 4 turned me around on the series and offers so many game types that it is hard not to find something you enjoy, Its as polished as it has ever been and a lot of fun.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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